5 Tips on Taking Pictures of your kids in the Pool
The images you get will depend on the camera, the available light, and how far away you are. But this guide will make your photos come out much better.
1. Don’t use a flash if you can help it.
The flash will reflect off the water’s surface and make everything white! If you can’t get a photo without flash because the pool is too dark, try to use your camera’s low light setting.
2. Use “Fast” or “Action” settings on your camera.
If your camera has some sort of action setting, this may do the trick. Basically it will have your camera take the picture more quickly (it uses a faster shutter speed to eliminate blur). These settings usually have the flash automatically turned off, so you won’t have to worry about that.
3. Use a higher ISO (“film speed”) or low-light scene mode on your camera.
Sometimes low light settings will work too — they typically sacrifice detail, but that is not that big of a deal. Depending on your camera and even some cell phones will determine whether the photos turn out. As digital technology has improved, cameras have gotten better at capturing details in low light.
4. Closer is better!
The closer you are, the better. It blurs out the background so the photo is focusing on your child. Sometimes it will blur out things you don’t really want in the background like you find in backyard pools sometimes. 🙂
5. Take pictures when your child is not swimming.
Watching the kids faces getting ready to jump in is part of the experience. I’ve taken some adorable pictures of my kids just waiting to get in. Goggle-eyed grins are priceless.
6. Bonus Tip
One thing that is not in this link that I always found is that make sure the sun is in front of your child instead of behind them. Your camera will try to expose for the background and not for your child and they will be super dark.
Have Fun This Summer with your Kids!!!